Spring Training Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates


The Pirates didn’t make any huge offseason splashes, but they did add some pieces that could play a big role for them this season.

With A.J. Burnett retiring and the team trading Charlie Morton to the Philadelphia Phillies, the club needed to fill a few voids left in their starting rotation.

In early December, the club completed a trade with the New York Mets to acquire Jon Niese, who could slide in to the lower half of the team’s starting rotation. Veteran Ryan Vogelsong was signed to a one-year deal, as the team will give him the opportunity to compete for a rotation spot this spring.

To help bolster the bullpen, the club signed Juan Nicasio and Neftali Feliz. Nicasio struggled as a starting pitcher in the big leagues, but saw some signs of success when he was transitioned into the bullpen as a member of the Colorado Rockies. Feliz struggled in 2015, posting a 6.38 ERA in 48 innings, but the Pirates are hopeful he can return back to form in 2016.

In addition, left-hander Kyle Lobstein was also brought in this offseason, as he’ll be given a chance to compete for a roster spot as well.

On the offensive side of the ball, the club brought in some guys who could help provide depth for the organization. 

With the team needing to replace Pedro Alvarez‘s offensive ability, the team acquired some players who could help fill the void. The Pirates agreed to a deal with C/1B John Jaso, a veteran player who had a solid season for the Tampa Bay Rays in a backup role, and struck a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers to acquire 1B Jason Rogers.

Other than those few signings, the club focused on trying to keep the majority of their 2015 roster in tact.

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